MMAAC Rowing News
June 24, 2016

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EPIC Dartmouth - Lake Access Update

EPIC Dartmouth is an exciting multi-sport event that we share our space with for a few days each summer. Coaches will coordinate alternative training plans for practices that conflict with these times (i.e. indoor erging session, circuit training, group run, etc.)

Please note the following dates where lake and/or road access is limited:

  • Tuesday, June 28, 0600-0900
  • Wednesday, June 290600-0900
  • Thursday, June 300600-0900
  • Friday, July 1, 0600-0900
  • For Practice Swims: NO boats on the lake with the exception of high performance athletes who are expected to access the lake via the left hand side keeping as far from the lane lines as possible with attention on reduced speed and keeping an eye out for swimmers.
  • Friday, July 1, 1200-1800
  • Absolutely no boats on the lake, no exceptions, from 1200-1800 as swim races in progress.
  • Road closure all day Sunday, July 3, section of Prince Albert from Hawthorne to Sinclair, including Nowlan Street.
  • Swims for this event will be happening from the Senobe beach between the micmac and Senobe docks
  • Fencing will be arriving after 5pm on Saturday, July 2nd and will be removed Sunday evening.

All running events start and finish at Graham’s Grove this year. There will be no specific road closures for these events, but a rolling closure for the start of these events.
  • Friday July 1 0600-1200 Epic Canadian 5km & 10km
  • Saturday, July 2 0830-1230 Epic Canadian Half Marathon
Happy Canada Day!

All programs normally occurring on Fridays are cancelled for Friday, July 1. Programs will resume their normal schedule on Saturday. Please note exceptions to road and water access outlined above around this date due to Epic Dartmouth.
Social Update

TGIF Friday Suppers

TGIF Friday Suppers are underway in the Patterson Bar, and run through the summer. Cost varies based on the menu but is very reasonable. Meal service begins at 6:30pm! A great way to refuel after Friday evening practice, or plan to come for supper with your family and friends.

Rowing Open House Sundays - Last one this Sunday!

Sunday, June 26: 2-4PM
Our Summer Student Coaches have been hosting Open House Sundays in June, with the final one happening this Sunday, June 26. The intent of these days is to offer the general public access to check out the club and "Come and Try" rowing. It is also an extra opportunity for members to socialize, meet members from other programs, get out on the water, or maybe try a new boat or crew combination. 
Garbage / Cleaning / Decluttering

For the busy summer season, garbage pickups from the dumpster in the parking lot have been increased to occur weekly.

Please ensure the parking spaces adjacent to the garbage enclosure are not used between 6AM-8AM Mondays, to ensure the truck has access.

Thank you to all members who contributed to the recent clean-up of the boathouse and office.
 The office painting project went very well. The coaches enjoyed lots of laughs at the expense of old hairstyles and gym shorts. The boathouse continues to be in excellent condition thanks to everyone's efforts to keep it clean and organized.

Our Summer Student Coaches, supported by some great volunteers, have been busy getting the word out in the community about our programs, and promoting the sport of rowing.

In June our Coaches have represented the club at:
  • Switch Dartmouth - June 5
  • Open House Sundays - June 12, and 19
  • Conducted activities at Bicentennial and Ellenvale Junior High Schools
  • Shared information at the Halifax Farmer's Market and MEC Paddlefest
As we move into the Summer Programs, the Coaches will be solely focussed on running our programs, ensuring a safe and high quality experience for all participants. Great work Kristen and Alex on spreading the word about rowing at MicMac AAC!




The recently-enabled option to pay for rowing programs online has been a huge hit! So far in the month of June 2016 alone, 40 registrations have been processed, and 100% of those participants have opted to pay online. Thank you to everyone who has helped implement this change.

Summer Programs

The usual line-up of programs is back, along with some exciting new options:

  • NEW! Junior Learn to Row Summer Day Camp
  • Junior Development Summer Day Camp
  • Junior Recreational - starting Fall 2016
  • Junior Competitive - starting Fall 2016
  • Learn to Row (LTR) - group lessons
  • NEW! Private / semi-private LTR
  • Novice - for graduates of the 2016 LTR programs
  • Recreational - for graduates of the 2015 Novice Program, and any other experienced participant who rows for fun and fitness but opts not to compete
  • Competitive - for participants who wish to train and compete as Master's at local, national, and international regattas.
  • NEW! Under 23 / Senior Recreational - for young adults who wish to train for fun and fitness
  • Morning Open Rows

Junior Summer Camps

Reminder that Junior Summer Camps are starting Monday, July 4. Week 1 is almost full... Very exciting! Camps will run for 6 weeks throughout the summer, Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM.

In order to support this program, as well as provide a new rowing experience, the club has ordered 2 "Oarboards". These are scheduled to arrive next week, and will be available for all members to use. They are not necessarily built for speed, but they are lots of fun! And a great way for play while learning the basics of rowing, without the concerns of damaging race-quality equipment.

Support for the Junior Development Summer Camp Program is provided by Rowing Canada Aviron and Sport Nova Scotia.

Reminder to all competitive athletes of some upcoming regattas:
  • July 23-24: Nova Scotia Sprints (Dartmouth, NS)
  • July 27-August 1: Master's Rowing Camp (Antigonish, NS)
  • July 31: Master's Henley (St. Catharines, ON)
  • August 2-7: Royal Canadian Henley (St. Catharines, ON)
  • August 27: Red Island Regatta (Brudenell River, PEI)
Reminder that all regattas rely on the generosity of volunteers to operate - from both our recreational and competitive groups. The call for volunteers will be coming out shortly for Sprints. Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn about rowing, and to meet others who share your passion for the sport.

Upcoming Events

Paint Night: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Come join us for a painting party with Creative Crew Art Parties to support Mic Mac AAC! The monies raised will be for new docks. The bar will be open and selling beverages during the event and finger foods will be provided while we all paint step by step a shed / buoy painting on canvas. All painting supplies are provided with full instructions. If you've never painted before now is the chance to have fun learning in a casual setting! Everyone will go home with their own masterpiece ready to hang. The event will run from 7pm - 9pm and cost is $40!

To sign-up please use the following link: 

To learn more about Creative Crew Art please check out their website:  902.441.7466.

Wine Tasting Equipment Fundraiser (hosted by Mic Mac AAC Paddling): Saturday, July 9, 2016

Includes a Wine Tasting hosted by Bishops Cellar, Casino Games provided by Glow Promotions, a silent auction, and door prizes! The event will be in the Mic Mac AAC Aquatic Room. Doors open at 6:00pm, wine Tasting will be held from 7:00-9:00pm, followed by a cash bar. Casino games will begin at 8:00pm and run throughout the night!

All paddling members for this season have tickets available for sale. Or they can be purchased directly from the office at 902-464-9480 or at the door for $30!

Members of the paddling programs have supported our fundraisers in the past, and it would be great to do the same in return, all while having a fun night out with friends!

Equipment Update

The Equipment Committee (Joe, Rick, Sue, and Tracy) have been busy... but not too busy... thanks to the efforts of our members to prevent and report damages. Recent projects include replacement of the steering mechanism of the Moe Cody 8+, minor repairs to foot stretchers in several boats. 

A few important notes to help keep our equipment in excellent shape over the summer:


1) For those riding their bicycles to the club, a rack is provided for storage outside of the boathouse facing the beach. Please keep bicycles out of the boathouse.

2) All water bottles being brought with you in the boats should have a soft cover on them (e.g a sock) to prevent sliding back and forth. Sliding bottles wears down the finish on the inside of the hull, and breaks down the support under the deck.

3) When stepping into a boat, always place your foot on the area indicated on the deck by the slip-free tape. There is support under here for your weight. If you step off this area there is a high risk of breaking or cracking the deck.

4) Always close the pins on the oarlocks before putting the boat back in the boathouse. This prevents loose pins from getting bent.
5) Clean the slides and wipe down the hulls every time you come off the water. Rags and towels are provided in a milk crate between Doors 2 and 3.


6) When adjusting the footstretcher, loosen the wing nuts, lift the entire assembly up so that the foot stretcher is above the notched channels, then move forward or backward. Pushing forward or backward on the shoes if they are still lodged in the notches will damage the notched channels the shoes sit in.

7) Avoid "banging" your feet to see if they are in place. Sudden movements can damage the boat. A couple of good strokes should let you know if the footstretcher is set in place.

8) Ensure that all three contact points for the foot stretcher are secure before you begin rowing (i.e. upper left, upper right, and bottom centre). Adjust either forward / backward, or the footstretcher angle until all three points are secure. 
9) At the end of your warm-up or workout, return the handle to the top of the machine. Do not leave it hooked in the holder as this affects the tension over time. 
10) Clean the ergs and oar handles with rags and only the prepared cleaner provided in spray bottles. The cleaner is pre-mixed in the large jug located in the corner closet. This cleaner is the correct concentration and chemical mix for these machines and should be the only product used. 

REMINDER: Always report any equipment damage to your Coach, either damage you find or have caused. We get it - accidents happen. Reporting damage promptly helps minimize the impact of the accident on our programs, and helps the club identify opportunities to reduce the frequency of accidents. 

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